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NO CONFIDENCE VOTE 'SEALS' EDINBURGH CHIEF'S FATE

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A vote of no confidence in chief executive Paul Lowenberg carried by Edinburgh DC yesterday seals his fate, the Sco...
A vote of no confidence in chief executive Paul Lowenberg carried by Edinburgh DC yesterday seals his fate, the Scotsman reports (p1).

The paper says that Mr Lowenberg was the victim of an unprecendented rebellion by dissident Labour councillors who joined Conservative members in supporting the no confidence move.

In a brief statement Mr Lowenberg said he would be consulting his legal advisers and expected to meet the members of a committee set up to discuss his future with the council.

The paper says that the eight rebel Labour councillors could be disciplined by the party. They include finance chairman Jimmy Burnett and a former Lord Provost. Labour group leader Lesley Hinds is reported as saying the decision was unjust. Speculation is mentioned that the buying out of Mr Lowenberg's contract could cost £200,000.
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